Originally Posted by spencer777
With the big YTTV news, Sony better be ready for a flood of customers. Hopefully they are ready
You'd think so. And you're probably right, because a lot of consumers don't actually think. They REACT. You definitely need to check out the communities on facebook for DirectvNow, Hulu, Youtube, Playstation vue, etc. There's a lot of morons on there. That's why I try and place most of my opinions on forums like this. Forums usually have people that have a basic knowledge at least of what they're doing. Or at least are willing to learn.
Having said that, I left DirectvNow about a month ago. I didn't leave because of the price increase. Even with their increase, I was still saving a lot compared to directv satellite. I left because they had been promising me I'd get local channels "Any Day Now" for almost a year. Basically, I don't take kindly to being lied to or BS'd. So, I was looking obviously at hulu+live tv, youtube tv, and playstation vue as my main choices. Unfortunately, NONE of them offered me all the channels I wanted. So I knew I'd have to ADD a 2nd service. (Philo). Combined; all 3 services + Philo would give me the channels I wanted.
So I started looking at prices. I looked at when EACH company last raised their prices. Prices don't just rise because they feel like it. Companies, of all types, usually have a preset profit margin that they try and work with. This covers their expenses; pays their investors (Stock holders if appropriate); takes care of payroll; and still keeps them competitive. If they charge too little, they can't make the profit needed. If they charge too much, they aren't competitive. DirectvNow raised their prices $5 last August; and then again this month "April". Fubo raised their price in February. Hulu raised their price in March. Youtube tv's last price hike was last year about this time. And Playstation Vue raised their prices last July.
Now; directvNow was out of the question, because they have changed their demographic of customer they are aiming for, NOT to the 5 million +/- "Streaming TV Customers" out there. "WE" might think we're important as customers; but we aren't. And DirectvNow isn't going for us. They USED US "Streaming TV Customers" as BETA TESTERS that they didn't have to pay, and actually received money from. Their intent was and is, to MOVE their 21 MILLION + Satellite Customers to a streaming service. But they had to work out the bugs. ALL of their new 6 packages are designed to duplicate their satellite packages. They are testing their own proprietary streaming box; (Not roku, apple, fire, etc.).
So, the REAL Streaming Live TV providers are basically Playstation Vue, Slingtv, Youtube TV, Hulu Live tv, and Fubo. (Philo is a supplemental; equal to "BASIC CABLE". With Hulu and Fubo recently raising their prices in the last 60 days, and having been 7-12 months since Youtube tv and Playstation has, I knew that they WOULD/WILL raise their prices very soon. Youtube did it a few days ago. So, anyone with any common sense, would NOT be jumping to Playstation Vue. Why? Because they WILL RAISE their prices shortly. Some time within the next few months. My guess....... within 90 days. So, with youtube at $50 and Hulu at $45, You have to figure that Playstation vue is going to raise some of their tiers. BUT...... this is the main advantage that Playstation has over the others. (Not including DirectvNow). They have tiers. Cord cutters are use to tiers with cable and satellite. It makes you as a customer feel that you have OPTIONS. With youtube and Hulu, you get what they give you, whether you like it or not. So Playstation vue has the advantage of raising say the price on their bottom two packages and leaving the higher 2 at the current price. All depends on how many customers sign for which plan.
Each has their advantage. Unfortunately, NONE of them offer a totally inclusive package of channels. Hulu tries to do it by offering their one package, and then offering addons. Youtube only offers their packages and a few individual choices like starz, showtime, etc. Playstation has the advantage of packages; they have the advantage of a very stable company with Sony. Youtube has the advantage of MONEY "Being owned by Google". Hulu; LATE to the streaming LIVE TV game, has the advantage of being a well established On-Demand provider to also include their own productions. Just like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Now, with their LIVE TV Streaming service, they INCLUDE FREE their classic Hulu on-demand service. So, if you already had Hulu on-demand, then you actually save $6 a month because you get it for free with their live tv streaming service. And NOW, Apple is starting their own streaming service soon. Similar to hulu classic, netflix, prime.
I'd really like to see Playstation Vue be the top streaming company. They are definitely on the right path. They have the tiers. They offer HBO/Showtime included in a tier or separately. They have a lot of addons. BUT, to be #1
, they are going to have to do what no other has. They need to get the REST of the missing channels. Playstation VUE and Youtube tv BOTH have the AMC family of channels, but they are missing the A&E Family which includes the history channel, lifetime channels,... they're missing the Viacom channels which include all the MTV, VH1, CMT, BET, ALL of the NICK channels, etc. They need to make a deal with these companies. But MY SUGGESTION, would be to MERGE with Philo. Most people don't know this, but Philo is OWNED by A&E Networks, ,AMC Networks, Discovery Inc.,Viacom
And their biggest investors are; HBO, Facebook co-founder Andrew McCollum
, and Mark Cuban
. Hulu is the opposite, they have the A&E family and such, but DON'T have the AMC family of channels. The first one that can offer EVERYTHING, especially in tiers/packages, that customers can choose from, WILL WIN.